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Ban on buying land in HP stands, says Viplove Thakur
Chandigarh, June 24
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Viplove Thakur has made it clear that the ban on buying agriculture land in the state will be strictly enforced.


Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Viplove Thakur during the meet-the-press programme organised by the Chandigarh Press Club on Friday. ó A Tribune photo

No hike in HP bus fares
Shimla, June 24
While turning down the proposal for hike in bus fares, the government today consented to raise a loan of Rs 60 crore by the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation for meeting out its liabilities.

3 held for instigating mob
Dalhousie, June 24
Three persons have been arrested by the police on the charges of instigating a mob to burn and damage the valuable project machinery, equipment and vehicles of the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) in the aftermath of Dakog killings on June 11 in the Bharmour area of Chamba district.

State-of-the-art ESI hospital at Baddi soon
Baddi, June 24
Baddi is all set to get a model ESI hospital. The ESI Corporation has already given a go-ahead to the project. Earlier, it was planned to upgrade the ESI Hospital, Parwanoo, besides setting up a 10-bed diagnostic centre at Baddi.



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3 convicted for gang-rape
Nahan, June 24
The District and Sessions Judge, Sirmaur, Mr K.L. Sharma, today awarded rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 each under Section 376(2) of the IPC on three persons for gang-raping an old woman in 2004.


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Ban on buying land in HP stands, says Viplove Thakur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Viplove Thakur has made it clear that the ban on buying agriculture land in the state will be strictly enforced. The residents of other states can buy flats in the state, besides investing in the industrial sector, hotel industry and other projects, she said.

Ms Thakur was interacting with mediapersons at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Chandigarh Press Club here yesterday.

She claimed that keeping up its election promises, the Congress government in the state had already approved various development works in the state. As much as 40 per cent of the total budget had been earmarked for various works in the social sector, she said, adding that to review its working, the government had launched a feedback programme at block levels.

When asked about the lapse in security cover to yoga guru Swami Ram Dev, who organised a camp in Hamirpur recently, Ms Thakur claimed that misunderstanding between the Chief Minister camp and the Ram Dev camp was the main reason behind it. She refused to comment on the contradictory claims made by the Chief Minister and the state police chief over the issue. She, however, claimed that there was no law and order problem in the state.

She expressed ignorance about the news of purchase of land by Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the state. She also denied the reports about any tussle between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Major Vijay Singh Mankotia (retd), MLA, Sahapur, Kangra.

Ms Thakur said to ensure 70 per cent employment to Himachali youth in various industrial units coming up in the state the government had come up with various plans. 

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No hike in HP bus fares
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 24
While turning down the proposal for hike in bus fares, the government today consented to raise a loan of Rs 60 crore by the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation for meeting out its liabilities.

The proposal for making a hike in bus fares was placed before the Cabinet, which was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. It agreed to bear the principal and interest amount that has to be paid for raising the loan of Rs 60 crore.

The Cabinet also granted approval for the purchase of 200 buses by the HRTC, which has an existing fleet of about 1,650 buses. The HRTC had sought hike in fares on the plea that due to hike in prices of diesel it had to bear a loss of Rs 8 crore, amounting to Rs 83 crore during the current year.

The Cabinet decided to provide carton subsidy of Rs 4 per telescopic carton of 18 to 20 kg, manufactured by Agro Industries Packaging India Limited and sold through its retail outlets and the HPMC, HINFED and the HP Agro Industries Corporation, to the small growers having orchards up to 10 bighas or less.

The subsidy has been provided with a view to protect the forest wealth by providing alternate packaging material. The maximum limit of subsidy on the packaging cases of fruit will be Rs 4,800 per orchard. This subsidy on these cartons will be available to the small growers from April 1 to December 15, 2006.

The Cabinet also decided to continue the procurement of mango fruits under the market intervention scheme from July 1 to August 15, 2006. The seedling mango would be procured at the rate of Rs 3.58 per kg, while grafted mango at Rs 4.25 per kg.

A total of 26 collection centres will be opened all over the state for collection of mangoes from growers and not contractors.

The Cabinet also decided to constitute the Special Area Development Authority for Nalagarh and Baddi Barotiwala area. It also amended Rules 67 and 68 of the HP Town and Country Planning Act, whereby the authorities will have a chairman, vice-chairman or chief executive officer or both.

The Cabinet further approved a draft ordinance for the regulation of admission fee and providing reservation in the private medical education institutions. It also approved policy for the registration of private health institutions for treatment outside the state.

The Cabinet decided to fill 548 posts of peon and sweepers on part-time basis on a fixed remuneration of Rs 1,100 per month for manning the primary health centres and civil dispensaries of the Health and Family Welfare Department.

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State-of-the-art ESI hospital at Baddi soon
Our Correspondent

Baddi, June 24
Baddi is all set to get a model ESI hospital. The ESI Corporation has already given a go-ahead to the project.

Earlier, it was planned to upgrade the ESI Hospital, Parwanoo, besides setting up a 10-bed diagnostic centre at Baddi.

However, the plan was shelved as a major chunk of the industrial workforce was residing in and around Baddi.

The ESI Hospital, Parwanoo, caters to around 50,000 industrial workers. However, the workforce has crossed the 1 lakh-mark in Baddi area.

Unlike the Parwanoo hospital, the Baddi ESI hospital would be directly run by the ESI Corporation. The 100-bed Baddi hospital would exclusively cater to industrial workers. State-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure would be arranged in the hospital.

The Department of Industries has already earmarked 10,000 square metres of land for the hospital.

Recently, the CII Himachal Council, led by its chief, Mr. Rajinder Guleria, made a representation to the ESI authorities over the matter.

The Baddi belt was one of the fastest growing industrial area of the country which comprised versatile industries employing over one lakh of the workforce, pointed Mr Rajinder Guleria.

Keeping in view the quantum of workforce at Baddi, the model ESI hospital at Baddi was of utmost importance, Mr Guleria maintained.

The model hospital at Baddi was planned following the ESI Corporationís decision to set up one model ESI hospital in each state of country, asserted Mr P.K.N. Namboodiri, Regional Director, Parwanoo Regional ESI Office.

The final process on the project would start after getting a formal proposal from the state government in this regard, he added.

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3 held for instigating mob
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, June 24
Three persons have been arrested by the police on the charges of instigating a mob to burn and damage the valuable project machinery, equipment and vehicles of the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) in the aftermath of Dakog killings on June 11 in the Bharmour area of Chamba district.

According to sources, the machinery, including vehicles worth more than Rs 20 crore, had been set on fire by the mob following killing of CITU leaders.

Meanwhile, the agitation of the Kisan Sabha and CITU leaders was continuing on the construction site of 300 MW Chamera project (stage-III) in Bharmour region. The protesters are demanding to arrest the officials of private construction companies suspected to be involved in the killing conspiracy.

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3 convicted for gang-rape
Our Correspondent

Nahan, June 24
The District and Sessions Judge, Sirmaur, Mr K.L. Sharma, today awarded rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 each under Section 376(2) of the IPC on three persons for gang-raping an old woman in 2004.

As per prosecution, Deepak Kumar, Sanjay Kumar and Sumit Kumar entered the house of the victim near the petrol pump and raped her.

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